2 Corinthians 10:12-18
12 I don’t dare to compare myself with those who praise themselves. I’m not that kind of person. They measure themselves by themselves. They compare themselves with themselves. When they do that, they are not wise. 13 But I won’t brag more than I should. Instead, I will brag only about what I have done in the area God has given me. It is an area that reaches all the way to you. 14 I am not going too far in my bragging. I would be going too far if I hadn’t come to where you live. But I did get there with the good news about Christ. 15 And I won’t brag about work done by others. If I did, I would be bragging more than I should. As your faith continues to grow, I hope that my work among you will greatly increase. 16 Then I will be able to preach the good news in the areas beyond you. I don’t want to brag about work already done in someone else’s territory. 17 But, “The one who brags should brag about what the Lord has done.” 18 Those who praise themselves are not accepted. Those the Lord praises are accepted.
There are three things that I have gleaned from this short passage.
1. Don’t compare yourself with others. God’s call to us is personal and must be measured according to God’s standards and His boundaries as He has instructed. We can’t make our own ideas of where, what and how. Boast only in what we have done through the Holy Spirit’s enabling power, to grow others in their faith and works for the Lord.
2. We do not take credit for what others have done. One sows, one waters, it is God who gives the increase, if we are going to boast about what has been done and about the harvest reaped, let it be “to God be the Glory great things HE has done.”
3. God’s commendation is the only thing that matters. He is the one to say “well done good and faithful servant.”
To sum up. We are only part of the master plan of God. If we step out of that we may hinder the effectiveness of others. Do our part and do it well. We are all workers in God’s vineyard & it is only God that will put the seal of approval on our efforts.
Lord may we always be aware of your Holy Spirit’s leading in our daily lives. May all we do and say bring honour and glory to your Name. Amen
Written by Joan Bennett